Precinct Kitchen + Bar

4.5
373 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Precinct Kitchen + Bar is an approachable kitchen and bar focused on classic Boston cuisine. Both food and drink are approached in a familiar way that celebrate Boston's heritage, while expanding on tradition.

Offering Boston favorites and classic cocktails, the menu plays off of beloved standards while innovating with a contemporary approach. Housed in the historic Police Headquarters on Berkeley Street, the restaurant is a true celebration of Boston's past and culinary future.

Utilizing many local and regional products, Precinct is proud to partner with some of the best artisan purveyors. The kitchen uses meat, produce, and dairy from many local, small batch farms and is honored to serve these truly local products.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 532-3827
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Olivier Senoussaoui
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stuart and Berkeley
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 373 People Are Saying
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MM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, but the service was slow and spotty.

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l
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

2nd time in this old jail. It was a last minute booking and there were not a lot of options.

Food was good, not as high quality as the price demanded. Our server was stressed and not very engaging.

When we walked into a music/DJ in bar area at 6:45 with music blaring we almost left.

I'll go again, maybe but won't go out of may way/

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of our party were late due to delays on the Red Line
But our waiter could not have been nicer
Excellent

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FB
New England
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service amazing atmosphere awesome food

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t
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal at precinct, husband’s filet was amazing, our burgers were delicious.

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Precinct, as advertised, is more than friendly to Gluten Free folks/Celiac sufferers. Our first time there and we were so pleased. Menu, almost entirely, can be made GF. Their fryers are GF because they use ONLY RICE FLOUR, no wheat, according to our server. We enjoyed Fish and Chips which my husband thought he might never eat again :) The scallops (chose the 1/2 portion) were delicious with interesting side dishes. We shared a GF Boston Cream Pie Dessert - more like a GF biscuit immersed in nice dark chocolate sauce and some whipped cream, we think = delicious and not 'strangely GF' !!! The place is very busy; we had reservations. Noisy but not as noisy as the bar next to the restaurant where young people seem to congregate from 5 pm on..................the host was quite gracious and the server apologized since the kitchen did not make the scallops when the fish/chips arrived. GF bread with olive oil was pretty good as well. In addition, if you are attending a performance at the Lyric Stage, don't forget to show your tickets and receive a 20% discount. Good Value!

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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KH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and customer service. Bryce is the best bartender! Highly recommend for drinks/food!

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Stranger Things Pop Up was amazing! Very well done and authentic! We loved it!!

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T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so kind, the food was delicious and they had a Stranger Things pop up bar on the other side of the restaurant so we picked a few fun drinks and food items from that menu and then went over to that side after dinner. We will definitely be back!

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e
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good - only nick in the armor for us was entree described with eggplant as lead ingredient had none which could be seen or tasted. The burger was outstanding - one of best I have had. The fish entree was outstanding. The service was perfect - we had a great bottle of wine.

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KK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Came for the stranger things pop up- super fun and food was outstanding!

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JY
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting my son in college for family weekend.

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KW
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good stuff! Enjoyed the gluten free options. Very nice setting. Waiter was very friendly and helpful.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charceuterie Board was very generous!! All in all food and drinks were excellent. Great Back Bay location too.

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RO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up for my confirmed sitting on 10/17 only to be told the whole place was taken over for a private party! What kind of joint is this? They should be kicked out of Open Table...I’ll certainly never go there again.

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DG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location. Food and service was excellent. One of the better places for lunch in the Back Bay.

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ML
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had brunch here because the menu looked good and it was inside the hotel where we stayed. The selections were very good and they were able to accommodate a gluten-free diet. The build-your-own Bloody Mary option was awesome, the food was very fresh and served promptly, and our server was great - attentive and helpful when I had questions about the menu. Brunch at Precinct was a great way to end our quick weekend getaway.

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K
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with great service. Will definitely be back again. The charcuterie plate was outstanding!
Cool vibes and great food.

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LD
New England
51 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great spot before show at the Lyric. Enjoyed everything. Service was a little off since they were slammed with guests just before we arrived. Lovely outdoor patio.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, Claire was an awesome server! Had a blast for a birthday gathering. We sat outside and had a blast under the cute lights!

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D
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice patio but wouldn't go back. Food was all over the place. Fries arrived cold and the cauliflower was undercooked but the hummus plate was delicious. Good wine selection but service was lackluster and lacked attention to detail.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal dinner, our server was wonderful. Would highly recommend!

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PK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great atmosphere and staff was knowledable about the menu
Highly recommend!!

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MZ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Impression
It was loud. Very loud. I grew accustomed to it, but I think that's because the doors were open. Speaking of said doors, I was very nervous about that because it was SO humid out, and I was worried that it would be humid sitting with the doors open, but it was OK.

Impression
My margarita tasted good, but it had WAY TOO MUCH ICE. It was a in a normal-sized rocks glass, and after a few sips, it was nothing but ice. I almost and should have said something about this to the server. But I didn't.

Impression
Menu was good-size, though it seemed to have too much seafood for this fish-hater. I would have liked more non-fish and non-beef options.
Impression
Everything I had was delicious. My charcuterie plate was huge. My burrata was excellent. My deviled eggs were flavorful without being overdone.
Impression
Our server, whose name I regretfully forget, was excellent--concerned, friendly, and efficient. She had blond hair pulled back and a slight accent. It was Wednesday (09/26/18). I hope they know who I mean.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Awful food. Over cooked everything
The only saving grace was our server. Older gentleman was excellent. He should work at a restaurant that matches his service!

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JC
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

Maybe it was a busy Saturday in the Theater District, while the ambiance and bar seemed OK, the food and subsequent value left something to be desired. Calamari app was good and it’s hard to mess up a side of broccoli; at the same time the eggplant entree had minimal of the aforementioned eggplant, the kids Mac n Cheese was greasy and broken, the Caesar salad was heavily dressed, and while the veal meatballs had good flavor they were dry and burnt in some spots. One can see why any price tag, let alone one over $100 would be disappointing.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for lunch & after hours. Wouldn't recommend if you're trying to talk business during lunch. Extremely noisy!!

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RB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the Precinct Kitchen + Bar (we ate in the restaurant section). The menu was very creative, the food was beautifully presented, and our waiter (Omar) was excellent. If you want a casual dinner spot with great food and service, this is it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are the best. The Branzino and clam boil are to die for.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great, quick meal for a business lunch.

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b
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal! Great service! Great cocktails!

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine meal in a nice setting. Restaurant is below street level in Lowe's hotel. Prices higher than $

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun and great service, menu. We loved it. We were a group of older women and young daughters and so fun for all.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We will definitely be going back the next time we are in Boston.

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WS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server was so incredibly professional. He made our meal! I’m sorry I cannot remember the gentleman‘s name, but I think he said he has been there for about 15 years. The space is cool, the only issue is the noise from the bar From the after work crowd, it was packed and looked like fun if you were in that phase of life.

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KA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good service and food is always good. Can be noisy but that’s part of the atmosphere. If you’re in a rush during lunch, they can get you in/out within 45 minutes.

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DG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice lunch.

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DB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I ate prior to a concert at Fenway- atmosphere -Great, Food-excellent menu offered lots of variety, Staff-Top Notch very attentive & efficient... we were so impressed with dinner we went back the following day for Brunch.. Outstanding!! Omelette was awesome & the coffee pancakes a must for anyone who enjoys coffee!!! Enjoy!

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DJ
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was thrilled to find out that mostly everything on the menu can be gluten free. The waiter, Greg, was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating and gave excellent service. I would eat here again.

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